California Virtual Campus and Epsilen Enter Into Agreement to Offer ePortfolios for Students, Faculty and Staff Via the Epsilen Platform

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The California Virtual Campus (CVC) and Epsilen LLC today announced an 18-month agreement to offer ePortfolios and other academic and professional networking services to students, faculty and staff using the Epsilen Environment. An ePortfolio is a digitized collection of learning artifacts including demonstrations, resources, and accomplishments that represent an individual, group, or institution. As part of this agreement, California students and faculty will be able to showcase their academic accomplishments, participate in online courses, and interact using social networking tools to increase their visibility with potential employers and improve teaching and learning.

This agreement will also provide a superb opportunity to test and refine the Epsilen Environment for today's learners.

The California Virtual Campus (CVC) and Epsilen LLC today announced an 18-month agreement to offer ePortfolios and other academic and professional networking services to students, faculty and staff using the Epsilen Environment. An ePortfolio is a digitized collection of learning artifacts including demonstrations, resources, and accomplishments that represent an individual, group, or institution. As part of this agreement, California students and faculty will be able to showcase their academic accomplishments, participate in online courses, and interact using social networking tools to increase their visibility with potential employers and improve teaching and learning.

The New York Times Company is the majority owner of Epsilen LLC, creator of the Epsilen Environment, a comprehensive, centrally-hosted platform that offers a wide range of ePortfolio, course delivery, assessment and collaboration services for students and faculty. The CVC is sponsored by the California Community Colleges System Office, and provides distance learning technology services and programs to support K20 public education institutions.

Epsilen has been selected by the CVC as one of the applications to be a part of the ePortfolio California Project (http://www.eportfolioca.org) which provides ePortfolio tools for all of California's public education institutions -- including K12, community colleges, and four-year institutions.

Six pilot campuses will begin using the application with students this summer. Epsilen will allow California students and faculty to create personal lifelong ePortfolios, present a Web 2.0-based teaching and learning environment, and provide robust academic assessment, career development and academic networking resources.

Students will be able to create online collections of their academic work and achievements within their personal ePortfolios, as well as participate in a worldwide virtual community of other students and faculty using Epsilen. Applications to join the pilot project are being accepted until May 4. Information about the pilot is available at: http://eportfolio.cvc.edu/join-us/epsilenpilot.

"This collaboration between the CVC and Epsilen will provide participating colleges with a powerful and integrated suite of tools for learning, networking, teaching, assessment and career services," said Ali Jafari, founder and chief architect officer, Epsilen. "This agreement will also provide a superb opportunity to test and refine the Epsilen Environment for today's learners."

"This agreement will allow us to provide this advanced tool to colleges, universities and K-12 schools throughout California, while providing individual campus customization to meet the unique needs for each institution," said John Whitmer, director, California Virtual Campus. "It will also allow us to develop interoperability between ePortfolios and other statewide services and programs."

This program is open to all California public education institutions, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities. The CVC is taking applications to join the pilot through the ePortfolio California Web site at: http://www.eportfolioca.org/sign-up.

Among the features the Epsilen platform will provide for the CVC are:

  •     A cost-effective, hosted turnkey solution
  •     A comprehensive toolbox offering lifelong ePortfolio, teaching, learning, assessment and social networking tools and services
  •     High levels of customization for each participating institution
  •     Integration with campus student information systems and third party systems
  •     The ability to support millions of account members
  •     A repository of content to meet instructional needs, featuring New York Times articles, multimedia and archives dating back to 1851

About Epsilen:
The Epsilen Environment is the result of six years of research and development at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Epsilen Products and Services became commercially available in August 2007 through Epsilen, an Indiana company formed to market and further develop the Epsilen Environment. In March 2008, The New York Times Company purchased a majority ownership interest of the company.

About The California Virtual Campus:
The mission of the California Virtual Campus is to provide a rich array of high-quality online resources, infrastructure tools and student support services for K12 schools, community colleges, and universities for both academic and career success, and to help foster and nurture lifelong learners. The CVC is a project of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and is located at Butte College in Oroville, California.

Contacts:    
Jim Bowler
(317)634-1200
jim @ epsilen.com

John Whitmer
(530)554-1528
jwhitmer @ cvc.edu

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